It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Aug. 23rd)

It is my Birthday!

That said it is on to the Books, which really are my favorite subject anyway.

*Last week I published two reviews — The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace and Here  by Wislawa Szymborska

*I have been named a board member of the Northshore Literary Society. I am very excited about this. The Northshore Literary Society is a non-profit organization that strives to be a focal point for our vibrant literary community through social and educational events, supporting each others work and promoting literacy through the parish (that’s county to those of you outside Louisiana).

* I received a review copy of J. K. Beck’s When Blood Calls in the mail, so I’m going to try to finish that this week.

* Checked out and to be Read Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan Howard.

* Coming Soon: My very first Author Interview…. 5 Minutes With ( you’ll have to wait and see).

* I just found out that one of my favorite books has been optioned for a movie. While I know films regularly slaughter our most beloved titles, I believe the author diversion whatever financial boost such a boon affords and all the attention that it will draw to an amazing book: Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk.

That’s my week!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine (Review)

The Blind Contessa's New Machine: A NovelThe Blind Contessa’s New Machine: A Novel by Carey Wallace

I loved this book and hated it all at the same time. It is a beautiful confession written in such a way that you feel as if you are watching the whole story through a snow globe. That distance combined with Wallace’s wonderful way with words give this slim volume the enchantment of a fairy tale. There is a surreal feel to the characters that could only exist in such story, at once beloved but unattainable. The Blind Contessa’s New Machine is the story of a young woman who is going blind. The novel pays meticulous attention to what she can and can not see painting for the reader lavish and sometime fanciful watercolors of words as the Contessa moves about both in the waking world and that of her dreams.

There is only one soul who seems to understand her – his is a long time friend and fellow dreamer a few years her senior. They both seem to have an easy acceptance of the others eccentricities, and would seem a match except that he is married and she is about to be. I finished this novel with a notebook full of quotes that had to added to my collection and a general dissatisfy feeling as I wanted this to be the fairy tale I’d felt it was in my mind and instead I got the mundane world ending that I suppose was enviable. I am far too much a romantic dreamer myself to be able to easily reconcile this things in my mind. I believe the author herself provided a quote that captures a bit of the feeling I had when I turned the last page.

“She found herself wishing for the Pietro her heart had constructed over the previous years: sure-footed, understanding, and fearless, to come rescue her from Pietro himself as he rambled on at her side. The wish made her dizzy.” P 47

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading (Aug 9th)

Read:

NOTHING, too many things going on (read more doctors apps.). I did attend a virtual conference called Book Bloggers and Authors Online Conference that was very interesting.  As a result I spent time setting up my first author interview.

DNF:

The Ghost of Manhattan by George Mann. It wasn’t terrible, just seemed too familiar. And that reason sound weak and lame, given how much I enjoy reading rewritten fairy tales and myths.  After all, aren’t The Shadow, Batman, The Phantom, etc. just modern myths, those stories that seem to seep into everyone consciousness sometimes without every encountering the original source.  Maybe I’ll try it again later when my brain isn’t so easily distracted.

Reading:

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace — there are so many lovely quotes I spend as much time writing as reading. (on loan)

Blood Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar — I am not very far into this one, but I like the voice so far.(purchased for NOOK) Doesn’t it have a cool cover? To be honest I think that is what drew me in.

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr — Did you know that Gutenberg couldn’t pay back his loans so, he lost his press and left printing forever? (purchased from Audible.com)

And in Other News:

Jacket Whys links to an interesting article about “the lost art of  cover design” and I have to admit a cover does draw me into a book. I may not buy it because wholly based on the cover, but I certainly pick many a book up because of it.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

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The Blind Contessa’s New Machine

Witch Lady

“But in a memorable minority of Turri men, this bent toward innovation produced full-blown dreamers of the very worst sort: those with the energy, resources, and intellect to inflict their fancies on the rest of the world.” p16

I read this line over and over. It made me smile and start imaging all manner of mask. I buy too much fabric, all for the potential.  What can you see?